What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know: Your Operations

It’s all about the Ops. Business Operations is one of the most critical components of business success. It’s also one of the most overlooked. So, what exactly is “Operations?” I like this definition by OnDeck:

Operations is the work of managing the inner workings of your business so it runs as efficiently as possible. Whether you make products, sell products, or provide services, every small business owner has to oversee the design and management of behind-the-scenes work.

This “behind-the-scenes work” isn’t what most business owners sign up for. According to a recent Guidant survey, 39% of respondents launch their business […]

2020-10-23T05:46:40-04:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: General, Strategies|0 Comments

Business is Like Jumping Off a Platform on a Tarzan Swing

When our youngest son said he wanted to go ziplining for his birthday, I figured, why not? After months of being stuck in the house and socially distanced due to COVID-19, it would be good to get out into the fresh air, physically active and away from all the Zoom meetings. We arrive at the site, get geared up, and go through a training session. The instructor went over the safety rules and showed us how to use our harnesses. Then we were off on our own to go through 30 different obstacles – in the trees. We were walking […]

2020-09-28T06:11:14-04:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: General|2 Comments

Have you applied for the PPP loan? Here’s 4 reasons why you should!

If you’re a small business owner and haven’t applied for the PPP loan, I have one question for you: “Why not?”

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was established by the CARES Act in March to support small businesses and help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary goal of the program is to provide small businesses with cash to keep or rehire their employees and cover certain overhead expenses. Allowable (and forgivable) expenses include payroll, benefits, rent or mortgage, and utilities – the most critical costs to cover and stay afloat during coronavirus.

If you’ve dismissed this program before or […]

2020-10-23T05:46:59-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: General, News, Tools|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Daily Victory Challenge!

You ever have those days where you feel like you just. Can’t. Win?

I mean, no matter how well you planned, how specific your to-do list or how good your intentions, things just didn’t go your way? I have! And not just days, but week-long stretches! It happens to all of us. The important thing is to remember that you are victorious, no matter what you did or didn’t accomplish on a given day.

My mission as a coach is to empower faith-driven entrepreneurs to experience daily victory in business and life. Why daily victory?

Well, for one, because we can’t change the […]

2020-07-06T16:46:54-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: General|0 Comments

Get Unstuck & Get Moving with Strategy Sessions

Have you ever felt stuck? Ever wished you had someone to work through a business problem with? Ever felt so busy doing “stuff” that you didn’t feel like you were actually accomplishing anything?

If you’re feeling stuck or have too many priorities to choose what to do next, then a strategy session is what you need to push through.  Small business owners tend to work in silos. We do everything ourselves – sales, marketing, deliverables, customer service, accounting….. the list goes on and on. And when you manage everything yourself, it’s easy to get caught up in doing […]

2020-10-23T05:47:11-04:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: General, Strategies|0 Comments

Do More of What You Love (and Less of What You Don’t)

There’s a popular quote you’ve probably seen on social media that says “do what you love, love what you do.” It’s a cute and catchy quote and one that I personally agree with, especially as a business owner. Most of the entrepreneurs I know started from a passion they already had, then grew that passion to appeal to their target market. Now that passion has allowed them to be successful consultants, artists, accountants, or chefs – doing the work that they love while also helping others and generating revenue. It’s the entrepreneurial dream. But then, business gets in the way […]

2020-07-05T07:11:27-04:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: General|0 Comments

Celebrate Your Everyday Wins

I love the month of April! Spring has usually arrived, shaking of the cold and doldrums of winter. I get to celebrate my birthday in April, grateful that God has brought me through another year of life. And this year, like many of you, we’ll be celebrating Easter in April. There’s nothing more monumental to be excited about than the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf and his resurrection, which conquered death and gives us new life.  The spirit of celebration is definitely in the air around here. Acknowledging the good things in life gets us excited about what lies […]

2020-07-05T07:23:41-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: General|0 Comments

Why Efficiency Matters for Your Small Business – Part 3

Today we wrap up this three-part series on what efficiency really means: doing the right work in the best way by the right people. Part 3 is all about the folks on your team – having people (because none of us is an island) and having the right people for the role. Without placing the right people in roles that best fit your needs, your “right work”, and their skill set, you could be setting yourself up for chaos and frustration. But no worries, there is a better way!

….By the Right People

When you start out in business, you wear multiple […]

2020-10-23T05:47:21-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Strategies|0 Comments

Why Efficiency Matters for Your Small Business – Part 2

The truth is, productivity stinks. While productivity is all about the numbers and volume (How much can I get done today?), efficiency is about quality (What meaningful, purpose-driven action will I focus on?). In Part 1 of this series, I shared my definition of efficiency – doing the right work in the best way by the right people – and how true efficiency is superior to mere productivity. It starts with doing the right work by aligning your actions with your mission and purpose. This week, let’s look at the next segment of true efficiency:

…In the Best Way

Once you’ve identified your […]

2020-10-23T05:47:28-04:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: General, Strategies|0 Comments

Nurture Your Purpose This Year

Embrace the seeds of greatness inside of you.

I have a new year’s challenge for you. Maybe you’ve set resolutions to be healthier, wealthier or happier this year. Or you’ve set some other professional or personal goals for yourself, which is great. My challenge is that you dig a little deeper this year and nurture the seeds of greatness that have been planted inside of you. You know, that dream you’ve had for years. That book or blog you’ve been wanting to write. The business you’ve been thinking of starting. The ministry you’ve been considering. Whatever it is that you’ve been […]

2020-07-05T07:30:03-04:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: General|0 Comments
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